At 1:33 pm this afternoon, Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue were alerted to a Coast Guard report of an emergency beacon one mile west of Scenic Beach State Park.
Multiple units from CKFR responded with crews from Station 56, located on Seabeck Highway, arriving first.
Firefighters and the Battalion Chief located the kayaker one mile from shore, drooped over the bow of his kayak. Crews were able to secure a private vessel to assist with the rescue and CKFR’s Boat 51 arrived and staged at the boat launch as a backup vessel.
Working with the Coast Guard helicopter, one male patient was rescued and transported by boat back to the Misery Point boat launch where he was evaluated for minor injuries and released.
Factors contributing to this successful rescue:
- The kayaker was wearing a life jacket
- The kayaker carried and activated an automated emergency beacon
- A private citizen assisted CKFR with use of their private boat
- The quick response from the Coast Guard with their helicopter